Q&A WITH JARVIS JONES
Once again, here’s the quick version of what I heard from Jarvis Jones regarding the NCAA’s ruling yesterday that he’d done nothing wrong and would be eligible to play this season. In a nutshell, Jones said he was never concerned about it because he knew his family background and knew he hadn’t done anything against NCAA rules. So he kind of downplayed the “big relief” angle. Here’s some of his comments (will update with story later):
Q: What are your feelings on getting the favorable ruling from the NCAA yesterday?
JJ: “It’s great to finally get it over with. I can go on into the season and prepare the best we can for the Boise State game. I had great support with compliance and everybody in the whole building. So it’s out of the way now and we can move on now and get ready for the first game.”
Q: Big relief to get news?
JJ: “It’s been the same for me. I’ve been preparing the same way. It never bothered me. I never stressed about it, not one day. Now that it’s over we can prepare the best we can.”
Q: Who’d you call first after you got word?
JJ: “I didn’t call anybody. Everybody was texting me. I knew I was good the whole time.”
Q: How did you know you were good?
JJ: “Because I knew I didn’t do anything. I knew the situation was good from the get-go. It was just some business some people had to go through and investigate what they had to and they handled it real well.”
Q: So you were certain how this would turn out?
JJ: “Absolutely. I knew my situation from the get-go so that’s fine. I never stressed about it. In the end it came out good and we can keep rolling.”
Q: Noticed you had three sacks today. Were you playing a little freer knowing this stuff was behind you?
JJ: “My main thing every time I step on the field is to go hard and try to make myself better and make my teammates better. That’s what we did today. Just having fun, that’s what I did today.”
Q: Your impressions of today’s scrimmage?
JJ: “We learned a lot. People got a little tired today. It was hot out there and it was our first time we’ve really been in the stadium. People had fun running around down there a little and we definitely got better on both sides of the ball. Can’t wait until the Boise State game.”
Q: We never hear anything about your neck anymore. Is that still an issue?
JJ: “It’s not an issue. A lot of stuff that goes on, for me, I deal with it and never stress about it. I’m in the best shape possible now. I’m just getting better and pushing myself to be the best player I can be.”
Q: Maybe you weren’t stressed about it but weren’t some of the people around you?
JJ: “Absolutely. Some people it did affect. Some of my teammates asked me about it. But now it’s out of everybody’s head and we can prepare the best way we can.”
Q: We heard Todd Grantham was pretty excited about it.
JJ: “Coach Grantham is a great coach. He loves me. He wants the best out of me. So when he found out about it he was excited to be able to prepare for the first game.”
Q: The reality is you haven’t played in a real game for a long time. What’s your feelings knowing your going to strap on a uniform and play for real in a few weeks?
JJ: “It’s very exciting. I’ve been off for a year and a half you could say. So to step back on the field and get a chance to play again, especially at Georgia, one of the best places in America, it’s exciting. I can’t wait to get out there and show my fans, my friends, my family, what we can do.”
Q: So the bottom line here is you had a long, preexisting relationship with persons who provided benefits for you?
JJ: “If you read the reports, it tells you that the people that were involved have been in my life since a young age . . . 11 or 12. It’s been quite a while. Those people still mentor me; I still talk to them and they’re still my family.”
Q: Looking at the stats from today’s scrimmage, it looks like the No. 1 defense was pretty dominant. That accurate?
JJ: “You can look at our No. 1 defense and you can tell we’re having fun and making plays. Everybody knows the system, so that allows us to play faster and have more fun. When you know what you’re doing you can play fast and have fun and make plays and love on each other. And that’s what we’re doing. . . . The second-team offense is still learning what they’re doing. They’re still young. But the coaches are doing a good job of teaching them what to do. So we’re learning on both sides of the ball. It’s a learning experience for them and they’re helping us with our techniques, too. We’re both learning.”
Q: So what are your personal goals for the season?
JJ: “I just want to be in the best position to help my team improve and excel the best way we can. Whatever it takes, whatever position the coaches want to put me in, that’s where I want to be at. So I just want to have fun and make plays.”
Q: What are your impressions of freshman linebacker Amarlo Herrera?
JJ: “Herrera’s going to be a great player. He’s gotten huge since he’s been here. He’s learning a whole lot. He’s just developing. Our whole freshman class is unbelievable. They’re all developing, learning the system, they’re pretty fast. I think all of them are going to be great.”
Q: What about your boy Isaiah Crowell? What have you seen from him?
JJ: “Isaiah is doing real good. He’s picking up the system. He looked real good and the offensive line looked real good. He’s just getting better. The sky’s the limit for him.”